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donadony writes with news about what will become the next LTS release of Ubuntu. From the article: "It's time to take another look at what is happening with the development of Ubuntu 12.04. As it stands, the first Beta of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin has been released. I just updated my own system. What changed since Alpha? Not much, really. In fact, there's really nothing groundbreaking or any new features added. Unity has been updated to version 5.4.0 which also sees the introduction of the new HUD feature. HUD still apparently has many outstanding bugs, but developers maintain that all bugs will be ironed out before Ubuntu 12.04 goes gold. Also added were recommendations to Ubuntu software center, and a new tool called 'privacy' and other small new features."

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EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY: A man used a freezer door as a tray while he ate and drank in dirty floodwater in Bangkok Thursday. No major outbreaks have been reported since monsoon rains triggered deadly flooding in July, but skin diseases and fungal infections are common. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

PRESSING ISSUE: Journalists took a nap in the media center during the Group of 20 summit Thursday in Cannes, France, where Greece’s bailout crisis topped the agenda for the world’s economic leaders. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

TRUCKS STOPPED: Truck Driver Singh Mann videotaped Occupy Oakland protesters blocking traffic from entering the Port of Oakland in California Wednesday. Thousands of demonstrators temporarily shut down one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports, which reopened Thursday. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat/Associated Press)

PROTRACTED EXAM: A young man received a physical examination for conscription in the People’s Liberation Army in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Thursday. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

TRAIN TROUBLE: More than 20 cars derailed, two of which carried hazardous materials, on a freight train in Bartlett, Ill., Thursday. Three of the cars carrying fiberboard and scrap metal caught fire. No one was injured, authorities said. (M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)

WALL OF BLUE: Riot police officers blocked more than 1,000 protesters—including small-business owners and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan—as the demonstrators rallied against austerity measures in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday. (Genya Savilov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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There was nervous excitement all over me when I was assigned to cover the F1 Grand Prix held at Budh International Circuit on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi, last week.

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John from the Free Software Foundation sez,

From reading the Nintendo 3DS Terms of Service, one could be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo is exiting the video game console business and entering the brick-making business.

The 3DS Terms are a perfect storm of 1) Updates will happen automatically without your specific permission any time the device connects to wifi 2) The device will constantly try to connect to wifi 3) Updates will specifically disable devices found to have modified software or unauthorized peripherals.

On top of that, Nintendo claims a license to photos and other user-generated material on the devices -- and those things are also automatically uploaded, along with user location data gleaned from wifi network proximity.

DRM prevents users from disabling any of these antifeatures, which is why has taken an interest, encouraging people to send cardboard bricks to Nintendo. In the wake of all the Sony PS3 news, is this really the direction Nintendo wants to take things?

It gets better: Nintendo claims a perpetual, worldwide license to the photos and videos you take with your camera!

Nintendo 3DS Targeted in Anti-DRM Campaign

(Thanks, John!)

(Image: Fimo Nintendo 3DS, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from hansel5569's photostream)

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